Daily Mail – Great Britain

Welsh women’s rugby star is killed in a car crash

Student Elli Norkett, 20, sustained fatal injuries in the collision on a country road near her home in Neath Port Talbot, south Wales, at 7.40pm.

Posted on 26 February 2017 @ 7:25 pm

The new Nokia 3310 is here…and it even has SNAKE!

A new version of the iconic Nokia phone was unveiled at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, with classic features including snake added to a updated handset.

Posted on 26 February 2017 @ 7:25 pm

WH press dinner will carry on without Trump

Donald Trump has pulled out of the White House Correspondents’ Dinner but the show will go on without him. The organization behind the dinner says it will continue to celebrate free speech.

Posted on 26 February 2017 @ 7:17 pm

Man who crashed into Mardi Gras named as Neilson Rizzuto

The man who drunkenly plowed a pickup truck into a crowd of Mardi Gras party-goers in New Orleans on Saturday night has been identified as 25-year-old Neilson Rizzuto.

Posted on 26 February 2017 @ 7:11 pm

Man armed with a ‘MEAT CLEAVER’ is arrested in Dalston

Witnesses said pools of blood were left on Kingsland High Street in Dalston around 4pm this afternoon after savage attack.

Posted on 26 February 2017 @ 7:05 pm

Aliens and Titanic star Bill Paxton dies at age 61

The Aliens actor passed away on Saturday because of complications following a heart surgery. He won two Emmys and is set to appear on the CBS series Training Day.

Posted on 26 February 2017 @ 6:59 pm

Corbyn loses temper at questions about Labour leadership

The veteran left-winger lost his temper as he was repeatedly challenged to confirm he would fight the next general election in the wake of the party’s humiliating defeat in Copeland last week.

Posted on 26 February 2017 @ 6:56 pm

Indian Express – India

Islamists rally in Egypt ahead of referendum vote, 3 killed

Islamist supporters of Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood organization added a call to boycott of the referendum.

Posted on 11 January 2014 @ 10:54 am

Over 100 houses burned down in China”s ancient Tibetan town

No casualties were reported and the cause of the fire is being investigated, the report said.

Posted on 11 January 2014 @ 10:26 am

‘India dangerous weak link in n-security”

Estimated 1,400 tons uranium and almost 500 tons of plutonium stored in around the world.

Posted on 9 January 2014 @ 8:09 pm

Parvez Musharraf’s health report shows no illness: Prosecutor

Musharraf was rushed to hospital after he developed heart problems while being driven to special court.

Posted on 9 January 2014 @ 10:44 am

Huffington Post announces creation of new online publication, THEWORLDPOST

THEWORLDPOST editorial board includes noted Indian journalist Dileep Padgaonkar.

Posted on 9 January 2014 @ 10:14 am

Earth’s atmosphere suffers from ‘nuclear hangover’

According to Alvarado, the levels were not high enough to pose a risk to human health.

Posted on 8 January 2014 @ 12:28 pm

Polar freeze turns deadly, moves to US East and South after killing 21 people

The Midwest and the East experienced temperatures colder than much of Antarctica.

Posted on 8 January 2014 @ 8:09 am

BBC – Great Britain

Ukraine conflict: US condemns threat to OSCE monitors

Pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine seized a drone at gunpoint from OSCE monitors on Friday.

Posted on 26 February 2017 @ 6:23 pm

Boris Nemtsov killing: Supporters march in Moscow

Boris Nemtsov, the Russian opposition leader, was shot dead near the Kremlin two years ago.

Posted on 26 February 2017 @ 5:06 pm

Heidelberg car attack: Police investigate suspect

A man who drove a car into a group of pedestrians is being held on suspicion of murder.

Posted on 26 February 2017 @ 4:44 pm

Nokia 3310 mobile phone resurrected at MWC 2017

An iconic Nokia phone is revamped with added battery life and new features alongside several Nokia-branded Android models.

Posted on 26 February 2017 @ 4:30 pm

Trump Paris jibe: Mayor uses Mickey Mouse to fight back

Anne Hidalgo pushes back against jibes with a tweet celebrating Paris’s “dynamism and openness”.

Posted on 26 February 2017 @ 3:55 pm

Germany hate crime: Nearly 10 attacks a day on migrants in 2016

More than 3,500 attacks were carried out on migrants and asylum shelters in Germany last year.

Posted on 26 February 2017 @ 3:40 pm

French historian Henry Rousso nearly deported from US

Visiting speaker Henry Rousso was stopped by border officials on his way to a university conference.

Posted on 26 February 2017 @ 1:19 pm

NPR – United States

After Kansas Shooting, More Than $1 Million Donated For Victims’ Families

Between three GoFundMe pages, thousands of strangers have opened their wallets for the victims. Still, many in India fear last week’s shooting shows the U.S. is now a dangerous place for immigrants.

Posted on 26 February 2017 @ 7:29 pm

Indonesia Wakes And Up And Smells Its Own Coffee — Then Drinks It

Indonesia is the world’s fourth-largest coffee producer, exporting more than it consumes. But that’s changing, as demand from a rising middle class fuels entrepreneurship and connoisseurship.

Posted on 26 February 2017 @ 6:18 pm

Banned Nerve Agent Killed Kim Jong Nam Within 20 Minutes, Malaysia Says

The dose smeared on the face of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un’s half-brother was so high, even an antidote may not have been able to save him, according to the Malaysian health minister.

Posted on 26 February 2017 @ 3:58 pm

New Robot Patrols Chinese Airport

The airport in Shenzhen, China has a new intelligent robot trained to carry out security checks. It has facial recognition capabilities and can fire electroshock weapons.

Posted on 26 February 2017 @ 1:12 pm

‘The Americans’ Showrunners On Writing Cold War-Era Drama Amid New Russian Relations

Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields, co-showrunners of the acclaimed series “The Americans,” about Russian spies in the Washington, D.C., area, look ahead a season amid newly tense times with Russia.

Posted on 25 February 2017 @ 11:20 pm

South Africa Xenophobic Attacks

Tensions over immigration erupted into violence in Pretoria, South Africa, this week. Reporter Peter Granitz says foreigners are scapegoats for those who are actually upset with the government.

Posted on 25 February 2017 @ 11:20 pm

‘Ring Of Fire’ Eclipse Set To Blaze In Southern Skies

The annular solar eclipse, which will leave just a sliver of sun shining behind the moon, will be visible from the southern hemisphere Sunday. Here’s how to watch, even if you’re outside its path.

Posted on 25 February 2017 @ 8:38 pm

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Voice of America – US Government

Olympic Runner Mo Farrah Denies Doping After Leaked Report

Olympic gold medal-winning distance runner Mo Farah said on Sunday that he is “a clean athlete” after a leaked report suggested his American coach may have broken anti-doping rules when he gave Farah and other athletes performance-enhancing drugs.

The Somali-born Farah won gold medals in the 5,000 meters and 10,000 meters for Britain at the last two Olympics.

“I am a clean athlete who never broke any rules in regards to substances.” Farah said in a statement.


Britain’s Sunday Times said it has obtained a leaked report by U.S. Anti-Doping Agency that said Farah’s coach Alberto Salazar gave him and others who trained with him at a Nike facility drugs including an infusion of the chemical L-carnitine. It is not a banned substance for athletes, but infusions of more than 50 milliliters over a span of six hours are prohibited.

“It is upsetting that some parts of the media, despite the clear facts, continue to try to associate me with allegations of drug misuse,” Farrah said in response to the report. “If USADA or any other anti-doping body has evidence of wrongdoing they should publish it and take action rather than allow the media to be judge and jury.”

Posted on 26 February 2017 @ 6:45 pm

February 26, 2017

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Posted on 26 February 2017 @ 6:22 pm

Trump’s Favorability Ratings at a Record Low for a New President

Public opinion polls indicate approval ratings for U.S. President Donald Trump are at a record low for a newly inaugurated commander in chief, a reflection on his performance during his first month in office as well as the continuing sharp political divide among American voters.

In the latest survey, NBC News and The Wall Street Journal said Sunday that just 44 percent of Americans approve of his performance, with 48 percent saying they disapprove. About a third of those polled said that Trump’s White House performance showed he is not up to the job.

Two other polls in recent days showed similar results, with Gallup saying Trump averaged a 42 percent approval rating during his first four weeks in office, while the Quinnipiac University poll said he had a 38 percent favorable rating and 55 percent negative.

Trump did not immediately respond to the latest poll, but said on his Twitter account in early February that “any negative polls are fake news, just like the CNN, ABC, NBC polls in the election” that showed him losing to Democrat Hillary Clinton before his stunning upset victory on November 8.

Attacks on media

Trump’s first five weeks in office have been uneven, marked by repeated attacks on mainstream U.S. news outlets for its reporting on his administration, a choice to fill a Supreme Court vacancy praised by Republicans and a legal setback when courts blocked his attempt to halt travel to the United States from seven majority Muslim countries.

NBC noted it took Trump just a month to be assessed negatively by American voters, while it was nearly three years into the first term of former President Barack Obama before his approval ratings dropped below 50 percent and into the fourth year of the first term of former President George W. Bush before his favorable ranking dipped below half of the American electorate.

Low score

The news network said Trump is the only president in the history of modern polling to begin his first term with a net negative approval rating, with most presidents early on in their White House tenures winning wide support, with net favorability ratings of 30 points or more.

Frank Newport, editor-in-chief of the Gallup poll, said in a recent assessment of the new president’s standing, “Donald Trump has skipped the traditional honeymoon period usually accorded presidents when they first take office. Americans, including those from the opposing party, typically have given a president a relatively high job approval rating until he settles into the job and makes moves that change their opinions. Not so with Trump.”

Despite his negative overall approval rating in the NBC-Wall Street Journal poll, Trump’s support among fellow Republicans remains robust, with an 85 to 8 percent positive assessment. Democrats rate him almost exactly the opposite, with a 84-9 negative rating. Independents broke 44-34 toward disapproval.



Posted on 26 February 2017 @ 5:43 pm

US Actor Bill Paxton Dies at Age 61

U.S. actor Bill Paxton, known for such films as Titanic, Twister, and Aliens, has died at the age of 61.

“It is with heavy hearts we share the news that Bill Paxton has passed away due to complications from surgery,” a statement from his family said. “A loving husband and father, Bill began his career in Hollywood working on films in the art department and went on to have an illustrious career spanning four decades as a beloved and prolific actor and filmmaker. Bill’s passion for the arts was felt by all who knew him, and his warmth and tireless energy were undeniable. We ask to please respect the family’s wish for privacy as they mourn the loss of their adored husband and father.”

Paxton had more than 90 acting credits to his name.  

Most recently, he was starring the television police drama Training Day, which premiered earlier this month on CBS.

Many fellow actors have been paying tribute to Paxton on Twitter, including Rob Lowe, who said he was “devastated by the sudden loss of my close friend and one of the finest actors in the business.”

Posted on 26 February 2017 @ 4:43 pm

N. Korean Leader’s Estranged Half-Brother Died Within 20 Minutes of Attack

Malaysian health authorities say Kim Jong Nam suffered a “very painful death” and was dead within 20 minutes of being attacked at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

The older half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, was killed February 13 at the Kuala Lumpur airport by VX nerve agent, police said. 

“He died in the ambulance. He fainted in the clinic,” Health Minister S. Subramanian told reporters. “From the time of the onset [of the attack] he died within 15 to 20 minutes. 

Police said he “felt like someone grabbed or held his face from behind.”

A CCTV footage shows two women shoving something into Kim’s face. 

Police have both females in custody as well as a North Korean man suspect of being behind the attack. 

Seven other North Koreans have also being identified as suspects and are wanted for questioning.

Experts say VX is one of the deadliest chemical weapons created by man, and that just 10 milligrams of the nerve agent or a single drop is enough to kill in minutes.

“The absorption level was so rapid that within a few minutes the guy has symptoms,” Subramanian said. 

According to the official, the nerve agent stops proper operation of an enzyme that works as the body’s “off switch” for muscles and glands. 

If the switch does not work, then muscles and glands and regularly being stimulated, which can lead to inability to sustain breathing. 

“The muscle goes into a state of permanent contraction,” Subramanian said.

In Kim Jong Nam’ case, the dose was so high that the heart and lungs would have been promptly affected. 

On Sunday, officials said the Kuala Lumpur International Airport was free of toxic substances, following a terminal-wide sweep for toxic chemicals.

One of the women arrested, an Indonesian national, said she thought she was taking part in a television prank show.

The other woman allegedly told a senior diplomat that she was paid about $90 to kill the exiled North Korean man, adding that she thought she was carrying baby oil.

Both insisted they were tricked, but authorities believe they knew what they were doing. 

Kim Jong Nam was the older estranged brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.Kim Jong Nam was once considered the heir apparent to lead North Korea, but he fell out of favor with their father, the late dictator Kim Jong Il, after a failed 2001 attempt to enter Japan on a forged passport to visit Disneyland.

Since then, Kim Jong Nam had lived in virtual exile, primarily in the Chinese territory of Macau.

New book controversy 

A new book by a Japanese journalist with the Tokyo Shimbun newspaper paints a grim picture of North Korea’s future.

The book quotes Kim Jong Nam saying the North Korean regime is in danger of collapsing and that Kim Jong Un is nothing more than a figurehead.

Author Yoji Gomi said some of Kim Jong Nam’s statements may reflect some jealousy, but that he believed they are also insightful.

Gomi said he met the elder son by chance at the airport in Beijing and has remained in contact with him. He said the book is based on several interviews in person and about 150 pieces of email. 

The Associated Press quotes analysts as saying that Kim Jong Nam spent so much time outside his native land that his opinion carries little weight.

After the death of Kim Jong Il in December, North Korea’s powerful military and its political leaders hastened to proclaim Kim Jong Un, the youngest of three sons, as his successor in 2011.

Since taking power, Kim Jong Un has executed or expelled numerous high-level government officials.They included his uncle, Jang Song Thaek, executed by an anti-aircraft gun.Jang Song Thaek was once considered the second most powerful man in North Korea.

Posted on 26 February 2017 @ 4:22 pm

US Governors to Focus on Child Hunger, Infrastructure Efforts

A national gathering of U.S. state leaders continues Sunday in Washington, with a focus on child hunger and infrastructure efforts.

The annual National Governors Association (NGA) meeting follows President Donald Trump’s recent orders to get tougher on the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants in the United States, in part by cutting off billions of dollars in federal funds to so-called sanctuary cities that limit cooperation with federal immigration authorities. Trump’s plans include deputizing local law enforcement agents to act as immigration agents.

In interviews with VOA, many state leaders said they want to see immigrants and refugees newly arrived in America succeed in making new lives for themselves; they also stressed that everyone should be treated with compassion and in a reasonable manner as laws are enforced.

NGA Chairman, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe has said he considers the new measures “immoral and illegal.”

Speaking to VOA’s Persian News Network, he said immigrants and refugees are “safe in Virginia. … We want people to come, we want you to start a business and raise your family and have a great quality of life. In Virginia, we’re going to protect all the basic and fundamental civil liberties and civil rights,” McAuliffe said.

Oregon Governor Kate Brown told VOA her state is “inclusive,” and added: “We want to make sure Oregon is a place where everyone can thrive; that includes our immigrant and refugee populations.”

Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson told VOA’s Somali service his state has a large number of immigrants from Vietnam as well as Mexico and Central America.

“Immigrants and refugees are what make up the United States of America,” Hutchinson told VOA. “It just has to be done in a legal process. What you see is not just in the United States, but really globally, a tightening of immigration enforcement.

“Europe has a border policy they’re struggling with. … The United States is in the same position,” Hutchinson added. “Let’s start by enforcing the laws. Obviously we need to do it in a compassionate and reasonable way, but we have to protect our borders and enforce the law.”

Medicaid proposal

Saturday’s discussions at the NGA winter meeting were highlighted by tensions over a proposal by U.S. Republican state governors to overhaul Medicaid, the federal program that provides insurance to more than 70 million low-income Americans.

The Republican governors’ Medicaid proposal, a draft of which was obtained by The Associated Press, urges Congress to change Medicaid from an open-ended federal entitlement to a program designed by each state to stay within financial limits.

The Republicans say their plan would give states more flexibility to administer health coverage for poorer residents while also protecting them from absorbing the costs of repealing the Affordable Care Act, signed into law by President Barack Obama.

Democratic governors accused their Republican counterparts Saturday of being dishonest about the effects of their plan, which they said would take away people’s health care coverage to finance tax cuts for the wealthy.

Democrats passed the Affordable Care Act in 2010 when they had majority control of both houses of Congress, as well as the White House. Republicans have opposed the law since its passage, and they tried more than 50 times unsuccessfully to repeal it during the Obama administration.

The Republican Party argues that prices are too high for Affordable Care Act insurance coverage, and individual states should have more control than the federal government over the issue.

The governors met Saturday with recently confirmed Health Secretary Tom Price. As a congressman, Price was a vocal critic of the Affordable Care Act and led efforts to repeal the law and replace it with alternative legislation. Price told the governors the administration would release its plan soon.


Meanwhile, before Sunday’s talks on infrastructure, Governor Matt Bevin of Kentucky told VOA .

“The time has come for us to address this. We have spent an inordinate amount of money globally, building and rebuilding infrastructure in places where we, frankly, were not exactly welcomed or appreciated. I think there’s a lot of folks who think, ‘Let’s deploy those dollars in our own nation,” the Kentucky governor said.

The governors will attend a ball at the White House Sunday and all the state executives will meet Monday with the president and congressional leaders.

Trump will speak Tuesday to both houses of Congress, laying out his vision for the coming year. Such a speech, the equivalent of the State of the Union address, traditionally is delivered by a new president shortly after his inauguration.

VOA’s Persian and Somali services contributed to this report. Some information for this article came from AP.

Posted on 26 February 2017 @ 4:21 pm

Egyptian Christians Fearing Terror Flee Sinai for 4th Day

Egyptian Christians fearing attacks by Islamic State group militants fled the volatile northern part of the Sinai Peninsula for a fourth day on Sunday, after a string of sectarian killings there sent hundreds packing and raised accusations the government is failing to protect the minority.

Over 100 families from the town of el-Arish and nearby have come to the Suez Canal city of Ismailia, 120 kilometers (75 miles) east of Cairo, since Friday, Nabil Shukrallah of the city’s Evangelical Church said.

Families arrive scared and in need of supplies, which are being stockpiled at the church via donations from several parishes, he said. They are then transported to be housed in and around the city, in private homes and now also accommodation provided by the government.

“They’re exhausted, with urgent needs for food and children’s clothing,” he said, as one father carried off a sick infant to be evacuated by ambulance. “They’re terrified of the violence and brutality of the terrorists.”

Northern Sinai has for years been the epicenter of an insurgency by Islamic militants, and the area’s few Christians have slowly been trickling out. But departures rose in earnest after suspected militants gunned down a Christian plumber at home in front of his family on Thursday in el-Arish. It was the seventh such killing in recent weeks and stoked panic among Christians.

No militant group has claimed responsibility for the attack. But Egypt’s Islamic State group affiliate, which is based in north Sinai and which in December carried out a devastating suicide bombing against a Cairo church, vowed in a video earlier this week to step up attacks against Egypt’s embattled Coptic Christian minority. It described them as “infidels” empowering the West against Muslims.

The Cairo church bombing and the recent killings point to a shift in IS’ tactics in Egypt, with the group now also attacking Christian targets that are less protected than military installations, in an attempt to isolate them and embarrass the government.

At the Ismailia’s main youth hostel where authorities were putting up 45 families, luggage, boxes of food and new displaced arrived throughout the day.

“I don’t want to stay there and die as a casualty in the war that has hit el-Arish,” said Reda, a civil servant who arrived two days earlier with six family members including grandchildren. “If they allow us we will stay here until the terrorism is over and the government makes peace.”

Before Egypt’s 2011 Arab Spring uprising, some 5,000 Christians lived in northern Sinai, but the number has since dwindled to fewer than 1,000, priests and residents say. Egypt does not keep official statistics on the number of Christians in cities or across the country.

Many rights activists say the displacement is a clear sign the government has failed to provide a minimum of security for the embattled minority in the volatile region, where they have faced public threats before.

The government only agreed to put up the fleeing Christians in government housing in Ismailia after pressure on social media, which they underline as another disturbing sign.

At the Evangelical church, shop owner Fayez, who also gave his first name only for security concerns, arrived with a truckload of furniture ahead of his family to seek a place to relocate.

“Hopefully we’ll find a home and be able to stay here, but I don’t know how I would move my business,” he said. “Daily life looks normal in el-Arish, until you hear about terrorists shooting people in their own homes.”

Posted on 26 February 2017 @ 4:00 pm

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